Best books to read in 2019
As summer starts to wind down and draw to a close, the time has come to get back to school, work, and reality, but one thing that doesn’t have to change is your reading game!
However, with so many books out there, we know it can be overwhelming to choose what to read next, which is why we’ve rounded up 13 must-read lit for you to curl up with as the seasons start changing.
So if you’re looking for your next book to indulge and get lost in, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a word nerd, a hopeless romantic, or a psychological thriller enthusiast, there’s something on this list for everyone. Plus the colorful covers ensure that your insta-story game is on point!
1. Three Women
By Lisa Taddeo
Journalist Lisa Taddeo spent eight years immersing herself in the lives of three real women: a housewife in Indiana whose marriage has lost its spark; a high school student in North Dakota involved with her teacher; and a restaurant owner in Newport whose husband likes watching her sleep with other people. Topping book lists everywhere this year, Three Women delves into each of their sex lives, exploring female desire, obsession, and sexuality, revealing stories that are all too relatable.
By Elaine Welteroth
This is how Elaine Welteroth’s resume reads: youngest editor-in-chief at Condé Nast, senior beauty editor at Glamour, beauty and style editor at Ebony, writer for Grown-ish, and judge on Project Runway. So yeah, you could say she’s successful. In her memoir, Welteroth shares the wisdom and lessons she’s learned on success and identity. She paves the way for women everywhere to believe that they’re more than enough.
By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Loosely based on Fleetwood Mac, the novel tells the story of a band’s rise to fame and subsequent split in the ‘70s. What’s unique is that the book is told in a documentary-style format, reading like hours of interviews with everyone and anyone who interacted with the fictional band. Taylor Jenkins Reid offers a fresh take on the quintessential ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll themes of drugs, sex, addiction, fame, and love. The novel will soon be developed into a 13-episode Amazon series with original music, so read it before everybody is talking about it at work.
By Alisha Rai
In today’s age where dating apps are commonplace, you’ll find this novel super relatable. A quick and fun read, this book chronicles the story of Rhiannon Hunter, a dating-app creator who struggles herself to find someone to swipe right on. Things come to a head when she meets a rival to her business and sparks fly.
5. Trick Mirror
By Jia Tolentino
Likened to the Joan Didion of our time, New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino captures the zeitgeist of modern culture in her debut collection of nine essays that takes a look at society's obsessions. With insightful meditations on everything from feminism to vaping to the ever-growing universe of social media, Tolentino tackles commentary on our time with ease, honesty, and humor.
By Amanda Montell
Linguistics nerds, this one’s for you! These days, talking as a woman is a veritable minefield. Be blunt or assertive, and it’s perceived as rude. Agreeable is seen as weak. Use “sorry” or “like”, and it’s considered unprofessional. What’s a girl to do? 🤷🏼♀️ In Wordslut, Amanda Montell takes you on a history lesson, proving the power of language, and provides insight on how to reclaim terms such as “nasty woman” or “bitch”.
By Rachel Hollis
Girl, Stop Apologizing is Rachel Hollis’ follow-up to her 2018 self-help book, Girl, Wash Your Face. Her extremely motivating and super empowering book is a feel-good guide on how to set and smash your goals - it’ll make you stop apologizing for being exactly who you are.
By Jasmine Guillory
The story primarily revolves around Theo and Maddie who are part of the wedding party for their mutual BFF. Theo and Maddie hate each other’s guts until one night, all that repressed tension results in them in bed together. But wait - you guessed it - their feelings quickly evolve into something deeper in a classic but delightful enemies-to-lovers story.
By Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Authors Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark have a popular weekly podcast, My Favorite Murder, where they hilariously unpack and discuss crimes. And in their debut novel, they switch gears and turn to a different medium to pen a self-help book, sharing stories, tips on standing up for yourself, and much, much more.
10. Supper Club
By Lara Williams
In her debut novel, Lara Williams takes a look at the effects of a patriarchal society on women's appetites - for both food and sex - through a modern lens. The book follows a group of hungry young women who form a secret society where they meet after dark to take back their appetites and physical spaces by eating, dancing, and doing whatever the heck want without any men.
11. Normal People
By Sally Rooney
Soon to be a Hulu series, Normal People follows Marianne and Connell as they make their way through high school in a small town to college in Dublin, all while figuring out love, identity, and the paralyzing existential crisis of growing up along the way.
By Madeline Stevens
This psychological page-turner follows broke 26-year-old Ella Crawford who accepts a job as a nanny for Lonnie, an Upper East Side wife and mother the same age as her. As Ella’s obsession with Lonnie grows, so does her resentment, to the point where she plots to claim Lonnie’s life as her own.
13. The Bride Test
By Helen Hoang
The Bride Test is the sequel to the popular The Kiss Quotient and follows one of its secondary characters, Khai. Khai has autism, which means he processes emotions differently, and is wary of starting relationships. Having had enough, his mother flies to Vietnam to find him a wife and returns with Esme Tran. Esme falls in love with him, but Khai struggles to return the emotions. Helen Hoang sheds light and humanizes autism through her relatable characters.